Tory Starr

Digital Producer

Tory Starr is The Takeaway's digital producer, based out of The World newsroom at WGBH in Boston. Tory worked previously on the web team for the national PBS series American Experience, and on several film shoots, including HBO's Stranger's No More, which won the 2011 Oscar for Best Documentary Short. Tory has played fastpitch softball her whole life and never turns down an invite to lace up the cleats. 

You can contact Tory via email at or on Twitter under @torystarr3.

Tory Starr appears in the following:

Listeners Respond: Your Olympic Event Playlist

Friday, July 27, 2012

We asked you: What should the Olympic theme song be for your favorite event?

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Listeners Respond: What books have shaped you as an American?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Today on the show we asked our listeners: "What books have shaped you as an American?" We got some great responses.

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George Zimmerman Video Released by ABC News

Thursday, June 21, 2012

George Zimmerman's defense team has posted a video where he re-enacts the fatal shooting. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin, although his lawyers claim he is protected under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

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John Hockenberry: Doing the Math on the Value of College

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Two kids starting high school. In New York City Public schools, that is an exciting moment and something of a relief. It concludes what can be a harrowing admissions process. My wife and I are certainly glad that's over for our twin 13-year-old daughters, but having two girls going into ninth grade starts something else rolling. The first day of ninth grade will be the first step down that long road to choosing and being ready — financially and otherwise — for college.

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Mister Rogers Gets the Autotune Treatment

Friday, June 08, 2012

It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood: PBS Digital Studios has commissioned Symphony of Science's mashup artist John Boswell to remix our favorite neighbor from the 70s, 80s and 90...

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Twitter Responds: What Sounds Are Going Extinct?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today we asked our twitter followers: What sounds from your childhood are going extinct? Rotary phones? Dial-up connections? Tetris?

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And You Call Yourself an American?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

What is essential knowledge for an American citizen? For the government, that's not a philosophical question, it's a pragmatic list of essential civic knowledge, codified in the citizenship test. Think you could pass? Try it out with this practice test from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services department.

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Listeners Respond: Advice for College Graduates

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

We had a great response to today's conversation about this year's crop of college graduates. Check out this collection of responses from viewers, who called, texted, and posted advice for those facing the job market for the first time.

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A Listener Responds: Technology Helped Me Get Over My Stutter

Friday, April 27, 2012

After we aired the segment "Lonely in a Digital Age" on Wednesday, we got lots of responses from listeners. Many agreed with our guest, Sherry Turkle, who argued that our digital-saturated society has sacrificed conversation in favor of connection. However, we also heard from those who believe that digital innovations have allowed them to communicate in ways previously impossible.

Lauren Howie is a 26-year-old leasing consultant in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a speech impediment, and she told us how technology has helped her communicate.

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Fixing TSA's Broken Airport Security System

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In a recent essay for The Wall Street Journal, former Transportation Security Administration administrator Kip Hawley said the current airport security system in broken, and he offers...

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Why are Young Americans Driving Less?

Friday, April 20, 2012

The open road: it’s part of the American dream. Or, at least, it used to be. A new study finds that 16- to 34-year-olds without driver’s licenses rose to 26 percent in 2010 from 21 pe...

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Scientists Identify Most Relaxing Song Ever Produced

Monday, April 16, 2012


Here are the top 10 most relaxing tunes:
1. Marconi Union - Weightless
2. Airstream - Electra
3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
4. Enya - Watermark
5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing
6. Barcelona - Please Don't Go
7. All Saints - Pure Shores
8. Adele – Someone Like You
9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull'aria
10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly

Your take: What music keeps you calm? Comment here or go to our Facebook page to join the conversation.

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John Hockenberry Needs Your Advice

Monday, April 09, 2012

After a conversation with filmmaker Lena Dunham about her new HBO show "Girls", John Hockenberry asks for some advice: should he tell his 13-year-old daughters about "Girls"?

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Mohamed Nasheed and Jon Shenk on the State of the Maldives

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Few places have come to symbolize climate change as much as the island nation of the Maldives. The nation's 1,200 small islands in the Indian Ocean sit, on average, about five feet ab...

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John Hockenberry at TED2012: A Life with Intent

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Takeaway host John Hockenberry spoke Friday at TED2012 in Long Beach, California.

Design has always been a part of Hockenberry's life. His father, who was a designer for IBM and Kodak, taught him what good design looked like.

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